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Tom 'n' Larry: 1941

Tom 'n' Larry: 1941

September 1941. "Sunbath on the beach. Seaside, Oregon." Enjoying "the panorama of the beach." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Contemporary sign design

Am I the only one who is startled by the "tom .n. larry" sign? I keep looking at it, trying to tell myself that this wouldn't impress someone looking for a restaurant with some flair in 2022. I can see Guy Fieri pointing up to it, the camera taking a close up, just as he goes in to meet the owners.

Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven

Dave, how do you attach a photograph that can be embiggened? I've learned how to embed a Google Street view, attach a correctly sized photograph, and create a clicky link. But searching the Internet for "embiggen a photo" doesn't produce helpful results.

[Plain old HTML. Click "view source" to see how it's done. Uncheck the "List" box.- Dave]

See? Wall!

Looks like the original seawall is still there.

Thanks for the embiggening, Dave

At first I thought it was mother and daughter and the daughter’s guy, but it could be mother and son and the son’s girlfriend / wife. (The young’uns look like they’re sharing a screen, but of course they’re not, thank goodness.)

Moved to fudge

In my day, mid '90s, Tom and Larry's did fudge, and did it very well, about a block from the ocean on the corner of Seaside's main street.

“Soon … soon,” their hungry eyes would say.

Hungry but biding their time, Tom and Larry seagull persevered in their quest, and eventually they were able to sample the mysterious box-lunch leftovers.

Classic Perry Mason

Mom is reading Erle Stanley Gardner’s "The Case of the Howling Dog."

Oddballs abound

Sorry Dave but I can't figure out what you mean. All I see is the words Howling Dog on the front of the paperback.

But wow, the three leaning against the log ... mother-in-law along as third wheel? Real party animals, no? And the two sitting beneath the Sunfreze Ice Cream sign, checking the unlikely trio out, are almost as weird. The whole tableau strikes me as unsettlingly Hitchcockian. Something bad is going to happen to someone before long. But before it does, I would like a toasty sandwich and a rich, creamy milkshake from tom 'n' larry.

Naked Lunch.

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